Traction grades are an indication of a tire's ability to stop on wet pavement. A higher graded tire should allow a car to stop on wet roads in a shorter distance than a tire with a lower grade. Traction is graded from highest to lowest as "AA", "A", "B", and "C".

diagram of tire showing traction designation

Of current tires:

  • 3% are rated “AA”
  • 75% are rated “A”
  • 22% are rated “B”
  • only 1 line of tires rated “C”